Residents urged to adhere to strict fireworks guidelines

2015-11-11 10:24

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Pietermaritzburg - Beware the law when lighting fireworks this evening, warned the Msunduzi Municipality.

With the Festival of Lights expected to illuminate the skies over Pietermaritzburg tonight, the municipality urged those celebrating to abide by the strict by-laws pertaining to the use of fireworks.

With no spot fine, offenders will have to appear in court if caught violating the following rules.

In addition, the South African Hindu Maha Sabah’s Ashwin Trikamjee said the organisation has submitted guidelines to the eThekwini Municipality which stipulated that fireworks should only be used between 7.30 pm and 10.30 pm.

Although this is no rule of law, Trikamjee said he calls on all Hindus celebrating to use this guideline to remain sensitive to the those not celebrating.

No person is allowed to discharge any type of fireworks:

• On streets, in any public place or in or on any public walkways;

• On any private property without the knowledge and consent of the occupant or owner;

• Directly towards any person, animal, building or motor vehicle where such firework is in the process of exploding or detonating and where it is capable of projecting or discharging a charge or pyrotechnical effect from a distance of one metre;

• Within a distance of 500 metres of a nature reserve; and

• In any place where an animal is present.

Also, any firework which fires a projectile, like “rockets”, must be set up as “nearly as possible in a vertical direction” so it can shoot into the air.

Any person who does not comply with the by-laws is guilty of an offence and liable for conviction to a fine, and or imprisonment for a period, to be determined by a court.

If convicted the offender may also be liable to pay the cost of repair for any damage caused, or costs incurred in remedying any damage, resulting from the offence.

Municipal spokesperson Nqobile Madonda said although there is no joint effort by police and the municipality to control the use of fireworks today, members of the public may contact the municipality to report any contraventions on the following numbers: 033 392 4007 or 033 392 2945.

Alternatively the matter may be reported to police on 10111.

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